BRUMMIES 51 LAKESIDE 42

Wednesday July 10, 2013
WITH a 15-3 lead after three races it looked like Birmingham could be heading for their easiest victory of the season, despite the absence of Martin Smolinski with kidney problems.

But all credit to Lakeside for their fightback which took the meeting right down to the wire in terms of the final league point, and provided some terrific racing for a big crowd.

Ben Barker took top billing for the Brummies with four race wins, and on two occasions he was also able to also help partner Danny King through for 5-1s, the first being in Heat 3 when the home pair shuffled Sebastian Ulamek back to third place, and the second in Heat 9 when Davey Watt was left stranded on the outside as King shot past into turn three.

Barker then topped all of that with an exciting chase on the outside line in Heat 14 to finally round Piotr Swiderski going into the last lap, and that meant he could do a containing job in Heat 15 to close Watt out and ensure the Hammers didn’t threaten the 5-1 they required for a point.

Watt carried the early fight for the visitors with wins in Heats 4 and 6 – that is, if you discount the ‘handbags’ between team-mates Lewis Bridger and guest Kenneth Bjerre after Heat 5 when the Dane had run a last on a tactical ride.

In fairness to Bridger there didn’t appear much else he could have done in a tight first-lap battle with Barker and King but the debate between the Hammers pair on the way back to the pits certainly grabbed the crowd’s attention.

With their tactical ride options exhausted early, Lakeside gained an unlikely foothold with a fine 5-1 from Bridger and Richard Lawson in Heat 8, and although that was cancelled out in the next race Swiderski broke his duck in style by working his way through on the inside to pass Jason Doyle in Heat 10.

That signalled Hammers domination of race wins in the closing stages as Bjerre hit top gating form and Lawson rode with impressive determination to fend off King and Josh Auty in Heat 12.

But the Brummies, as so often, were keeping the last places to a minimum and that meant the visitors could not make serious inroads despite their best efforts.

The victory takes Birmingham into the World Cup break with 37 points at the halfway stage of their schedule – and it would take a serious, and unlikely-looking, collapse in form for them not to secure a high finish ahead of the play-offs.

BIRMINGHAM 51
J.Doyle 3 2 2 1* 2 - - 10+1
Rider replacement – Martin Smolinski
D.King 2* 1 2* 1* - - - 6+3
B.Barker 3 3 0 3 3 1* - 13+1
C.Harris 2* 0 3 2 2 - - 9+1
N.Covatti 2* 0 0 - - - - 2+1
J.Auty 3 2 1* 1 1* 2 1 11+2
Team manager: Phil Morris

LAKESIDE 42
K.Bjerre 0 0^ 3 3 3 - - 9
L.Bridger 1 2 3 1 - - - 7
S.Ulamek 1 2 0 0 - - - 3
P.Swiderski 0 T 3 2 - - - 5
D.Watt 3 6^ 1 0 0 - - 10
K.Doolan 1 0 0 - - - - 1
R.Lawson 0 1 1* 2* 3 0 - 7+2
Team manager: Neil Vatcher
Referee: Dave Watters

1 Doyle, Harris, Bridger, Bjerre, 58.53 (5-1)
2 Auty, Covatti, Doolan, Lawson, 59.07 (10-2)
3 Barker, King, Ulamek, Swiderski, 59.24 (15-3)
4 Watt, Auty, Lawson, Harris, 58.69 (17-7)
5 Barker, Bridger, King, Bjerre^, 58.97 (21-9)
6 Watt^, Doyle, Auty, Doolan, 59.34 (24-15)
7 (re-run) Harris, Ulamek, Lawson, Covatti, Swiderski (exc,tapes), 59.19 (27-18)
8 Bridger, Lawson, Auty, Barker, 59.74 (28-23)
9 Barker, King, Watt, Doolan, 60.27 (33-24)
10 Swiderski, Doyle, Auty, Ulamek, 59.95 (36-27)
11 Bjerre, Harris, Bridger, Covatti, 59.02 (38-31)
12 Lawson, Auty, King, Ulamek, 60.17 (41-34)
13 (re-run) Bjerre, Harris, Doyle, Watt, 59.31 (44-37)
14 Barker, Swiderski, Auty, Lawson, 60.23 (48-39)
15 Bjerre, Doyle, Barker, Watt, 59.68 (51-42)

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